How to Make Photopolymer Rubber Stamps

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You can create your own rubber stamp using photopolymer and add a personal touch and unique designs to your rubber stamp collections. You can also sell your homemade rubber stamps at art fairs and flea markets. This type of arts-and-crafts small business requires very little money and overhead. Using liquid photopolymer speeds up the rubber stamp creation process, which allows you to finish each project in minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Artwork
  • Printer
  • Paper
  • Double-glass frame
  • Rubber dam material (0.090" thick)
  • Liqui-Stamp Photopolymer
  • Brush
  • Gold Magic wash-out liquid
  • Transparency film
  • Reversing negative sheets
  • 1 to 2 oz. bottle reversing negative developer

Draw a design or artwork on a piece of paper. You can also find some designs on your computer, provided you can copy with permission or find one that is not copyrighted. When you draw or copy a design on paper, ensure that you do it in reverse, especially when there are words. This will ensure that the image will show on normal side once the stamp is used.

Use a scanner or printer to make a copy of your design. Adjust the size of fonts and printable area so that it will fit the size of your rubber dam.

Place the double-glass frame on top of a flat surface. Make sure that your craft table is lined with newspaper or protective cloth.

Put a copy of the image or artwork on the double-glass frame. Place the rubber dam around the copy.

Cover using Liqui-Stamp Photopolymer by pouring it on top of the rubber dam.

Place transparency paper on top and then place on the reversing negative sheets. Add reversing negative developer, then expose to UV light for about 7 minutes. There are some UV exposure units that come with certain brands of photopolymer kits; use them as directed. Click on the link under "Resources" for more information.

Wash off using a brush and washing liquid on a tray.

Dry the rubber for a few minutes. Then, mount the finished rubber stamp on the mounting block and handle of your choice.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use gloves when handling chemicals to avoid getting burned.
  • Make sure to work in a well-ventilated area when handling chemicals.

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